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“Serene” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Center in the Square

Center in the Square
One Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA
+1 540-342-5700
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Ranked #7 of 20 Attractions in Roanoke
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: Adjacent to Market Square, Center in the Square provides a home to four cultural arts and science non-profit organizations in our signature building in downtown Roanoke: Harrison Museum of African American Culture, History Museum of Western Virginia, Science Museum of Western Virginia, and Mill Mountain Theatre. Center Pass for all three museums including the Science Museum's Butterfly Habitat: $20 for adults; $15 for children 4-18. Visit our website or call for individual museum admission pricing. Mill Mountain Theatre and Children's Theatre of Roanoke tickets are available through our full-service box office. Come inside to enjoy our aquariums in the atrium and green rooftop without charge. Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday 1 - 5 pm. [Note: History Museum is closed on Mondays through April.]
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Serene”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Awe!! This is a cute little shopping area with cute little shops.
Fresh flowers, veggies and of course small restaurants to dine inside or outdoors.
Wish every town had something like this.
But they all close shop at 7 pm.

Visited May 2014
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“After a major refurbish, CITS is open and ready for you!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I am originally from Roanoke (though I now live in NC). When Center in the Square opened in the 1980s, it brought a major cultural boost to downtown. After a major refurbish over the past couple of years, it's now open for a new generation of locals and tourists, and has helped create a true destination feel in downtown Roanoke.

The new CITS features museums (art, history, science) the Mill Mountain Theatre, and new attractions including aquarium features that will make adults feel like kids again, and a gorgeous butterfly garden and outdoor observatory on the roof. The roof top view (FREE! - take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy) is worth the trip alone - gorgeous mountain and skyline views are a photographers dream.

Visited May 2014
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Roanoke, Virginia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best place to be a local!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is truly the heart of Roanoke!
From the Museum’s to the Mom and Pops shops that only Roanoke has along the farmers market, Be sure to stop in at Sam’s On the Market for any of your uniform needs. While you’re there walk across the way to visit Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles or the Roanoke Wiener Stand aka “Hot Dog King!” or even the Market Building, Which has many restaurants to choose from.

Visited December 2013
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argyll
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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“Good modern facility”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Only visited the museum of south West Virginia in the center. An excellent experience. Well layed out and comprehensive. A cracking good little museum. Learned a lot about the history of the area and in particular the establishment of the city of Roanoake. Would recommend it to anyone interested in local history.

Visited April 2014
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Roanoke
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Great visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I love the new remodeled Center in the Square. The acquariums are great as well as the rooftop, butterfly garden, science and history museums. Very enjoyable experience. Wonderfull views of Roanoke fromt he rooftop. Nicely done.

Visited November 2013
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